Application process

Please note, there are two application forms that must be completed:

LRGS Application Form

The LRGS Application Form should be completed and returned to LRGS. Alternatively you can apply online.  

LEA Common Application Form

The LEA Common Application Form should be completed and returned to your son's primary school.  This form is not available from LRGS; it will distributed by your primary school or your home LEA (ie Lancashire if you live in Lancashire, Cumbria if you live in Cumbria, and so on).

The online LEA application form can be accessed via this new link.

Entrance tests

11+ entrance tests take place at LRGS. There are three tests: Verbal Reasoning, Mathematics and English. The results of the 11+ entrance tests are sent to arrive with parents in early October.

To obtain sample papers, please contact GL Assessment.  See the attachment above to see which sample papers are appropriate for our entrance test.

There are some answers to 11+ FAQs in the attachment above.

Who is eligible to apply?

The Governors welcome applications to the school from the parents of boys who will be age 11 years on entry.  Applications will also be accepted and considered for admission to the First Form from parents of boys age under 11 years on 31 August in the year of transfer. However, the Governors will require evidence of exceptional academic ability, together with adequate social and physical development to enable such boys to benefit from accelerated entry.

Priority is given to the sons of parents living within the boundaries of the Administrative City of Lancaster (see catchment area map above) and all those from this area who reach the qualifying standards are offered places. The remaining dayboy places (out of 112 total) are then allocated to qualifiers from outside this area: where there are more qualifiers than residual places a further selection is needed.

Travel and transport

Transport information is currently being updated and will be added shortly. There are also directions by car on the Contact page of the website.  Please get in touch if you require further information.

Contact the Admissions Officer

Mrs E Simmill
Admissions Officer
Lancaster Royal Grammar School
East Road
Tel: 01524 580629
Fax: 01524 847947

12+ 13+ 14+ applicants

For those wishing to join the school at Year 8, 9 or 10, day or boarding, there is an entrance exam in January.  Please contact the Admissions Officer for more information.

Boarding applicants

We are a state boarding school, with most boarders joining the school at 11+.  Boarding applicants should fill in the same application form and ideally, attend the entrance test in September.  However, there is an another opportunity for boarders to be examined in January, if they are late entrants.  Please see our boarding pages for further information.

Overseas applicants

We welcome applicants from overseas but as LRGS is a state school, all applicants must be the sons of holders of UK or EU passports.  Evidence of eligibility (a photocopy of the personal details page of the passport) is required.  The only exception is for those whose parents are living and working in the UK - usually in academic or commercial posts - and have a Home Office permit to reside.

All overseas entrants must have a UK-based guardian, usually a relative or friend of the family.  There are also guardianship agencies, one of which has a local representative: White House Guardianships, tel: 0044 – 1202 521 100.  Their website is

All pupils should be fluent in English, which is the sole medium of instruction.  The school has no facilities for teaching English as a second language, nor for remedial work.

If you plan to visit us, you will find full details of a range of accommodation on the Tourist Office’s website at: There is a regular, hourly, train service from Manchester International Airport (where the station entrance is inside the terminal building) direct to Lancaster station, where taxis are available.  Further directions to the school are available here.